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Protection Warrior Tank Stat Priority (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Oct 22, 2016 at 14:59 by Vlad 131 comments

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General Information

On this page, we explain what the best statistics are for Protection Warriors in World of Warcraft Legion 7.1, how the class benefits from each of them.

The statistics priority is important as it influences itemisation choices (gear, enchants, and gems).

The other pages of our Protection Warrior guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

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1. Basics

The stat priority for a Protection Warrior is:

  1. Strength;
  2. Haste (up to 25-30%);
  3. Versatility >= Mastery;
  4. Critical Strike.

The haste breakpoint for maximum Shield Block Icon Shield Block uptime is between 25-30%, with the exact number depending more on how the encounter works with regards to tank swaps and movement. It is recommended to go for at least 25% before investing in other stats.

Versatility and Mastery are very close, and it is generally preferred to take a bit more of Versatility for magic damage encounters, and more Mastery for physical damage encounters (where the damage can be blocked).

2. Getting a Better Understanding

Mastery: Critical Block Icon Mastery: Critical Block increases your chance to block, your chance to critically block, and your attack power. The increased attack power also increases the strength of your Ignore Pain Icon Ignore Pain. The amount by which these are increased depends on your actual amount of Mastery.

Critical Strike provides additional avoidance due to increased parry chance (thanks to Riposte Icon Riposte), and also gives your attacks and heals a chance to double their effectiveness.

Versatility increases all your damage and healing done, and decreases all damage taken.

Haste lowers the cooldown of your auto attacks and of Focused Rage Icon Focused Rage, Revenge Icon Revenge, Shield Block Icon Shield Block, Shield Slam Icon Shield Slam, and Thunder Clap Icon Thunder Clap, which indirectly boosts your survivability and damage output.

Strength increases your attack power.

Most encounters have abilities that cannot be mitigated or avoided. Also, you need to have a decent amount of health, in order to give yourself the chance to be healed before a subsequent attack kills you. As such, you need a minimum amount of Stamina. This amount will, in most cases, simply come from the Stamina found innately on your gear. Therefore, you should never have to go out of your way to gem for Stamina.

3. ChangeLog

  • 22 Oct. 2016: Updated the stat priority.
  • 28 Sep. 2016: Tweaked stat priority following recent hotfixes.
  • 20 Sep. 2016: Added separate stat priorities for smoother damage intake and total damage reduction.
  • 10 Sep. 2016: Updated stat priority (Versatility now best secondary stat).
  • 29 Aug. 2016: Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016: Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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